Cheshire police and Trading Standards advise residents not to purchase goods or services from cold callers knocking at the door.

If you require any of the goods or services exampled below they suggest you ask a friend or neighbour for a reputable contact.

Between November 11 and 19 the following were reported:

  • Great Barrow - man with a van offering mattresses for sale.
  • Acton Bridge - man offering roofing work, driving a van. Rude when refused.
  • Numerous reports from Handbridge, Upton, Neston, Holmes Chapel and Cranage of a ‘young’ men selling household products, reference to young offenders. Some complaints of aggressive language/rudeness. Police have checked some ‘hawker paperwork/cards’ – none found to hold the appropriate Pedlars Certificate.
  • Nantwich - man offering to cut trees
  • Poynton - phone call offering ‘a service to stop cold calls to land line’, asking for bank details
  • Wilmslow/Handforth - phone calls offering ‘a service to get a Council Tax refund’

There have also been numerous reports over recent weeks of phone calls claiming to be from Microsoft, asking for access to a home computer to fix a virus.

If you feel concerned about anyone behaving suspiciously, especially where a vulnerable neighbour may be involved, call Cheshire police on 101 to report your concerns.

Please try to write down a description of any vehicles or suspicious people. A vehicle registration and description is especially helpful.